11:18 from Midian. The Midianites lived east of Moab and Edom.
Paran. This area was in the Sinai peninsula southeast of Kadesh.
gave him a house. Taking notice of the emerging power of David, Pharaoh was ready to shelter David’s foes in the hope that one day they would curtail Israel’s power (v. 21). Ancient treaties forbid providing asylum to political rebels.